Monday, July 10, 2017

Oh, the ballet

Couple studies tonight. Wanted to try a post that was a bit more difficult than usual. I figure theres plenty of those in the ballet world. Was pretty fun.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Nebula

Tried my hand at a bit of sci fi nebula action. I had seen something similar from someone on Instagram and wanted to give it a go. Its funny, I didn't really know how to approach painting a nebula. So, I searched for some video on how to on Youtube and the guy who made the vid was using a ton of different filters and working his way to some sort of nebula like picture without painting a stroke. I followed along for a bit but then was like, f this, going to just paint it and used what brushes I had and pictures of actual nebulas to try and just paint it out. I think it turned out ok for a first try. Was pretty fun. Still could need a bit of work and hope to do them better in the future tho.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Derp country for old men

found a pretty cool photo of the killer from No Country for Old Men and did a bit of a study of it this evening. Sort of looks like him


Friday, June 30, 2017

Sketching on Cintiq 22hd

So, I had recently purchased a Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16. Although it was a pretty cool piece of tech, I ultimately realized that the computer itself was fairly weak and I didn't need to be so mobile with the thing. If I want to draw in front of the TV, I'll just use my actual sketch book. It really wasn't worth the nearly 3.5k Canadian I paid for it and it definitely wasn't really "Future proof" as far as the specs went on the unit.

So, I ended up returning it.

I realized that I was spending more time sitting at my main computer and doing digital art on an older Yiynova MVP22U (cintiq knock off) and that the Yiynova, while sort of ok, was actually a pretty shitty unit. I mean, it was next to impossible to get a straight line on it and the pen and screen on it didn't feel that great.

I had squared away all that cash for the MSP earlier, so I started doing some research into an alternative tablet to get for my computer. From using the MSP, I realized that I didn't even really like the touch functionality of it and that often it would pick up my palm or my palm would accidentally hit some tool in the program I was using, so I decided that touch was not something I would be looking for in a unit. Luckily, this would actually make things a bit cheaper then.

I ended up deciding on the Wacom Cintiq 22hd. This unit, although quite old now (came out in 2012 I think) has basically stood the test of time. Something I didn't like about the MSP was that as it was a brand new piece of tech, it had its share of buggy first run problems. I assumed that since the Cintiq was older, all the bugs are most likely worked out by now.

So, it just came in the mail yesterday and to say I'm impressed is an understatement. This thing is so well put together, its crazy. Everything about it feels so good. The pen to screen feeling is almost like paper with its toothyness. Much better than the Yiynova. Have been sketching a bit on it and it just feels great.

Below are a couple of things I've done so far. Really enjoying this thing so much more than the other devices I've tried. Very happy with my purchase so far.



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Photo studies

Haven't posted for a bit. Not cause I haven't been drawing, just haven't gotten around to it. Trying to do more digital work lately.

I picked up a MobileStudio Pro 16 a week ago but wasn't really impressed with it, so I ended up sending it back. Am still using a Yiynova MVP22U on my main rig and its ok. Lines are a bit gittery but actual painting is ok.

I drew a couple of portraits on there and recorded them. Kind of fun recording myself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVsO...ature=youtu.be

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Wasn't too happy with how it turned out but was still fun.

Did this one this morning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIzpAG4rlRA

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Happier with that one but still needs a lot of work (especially the hair). Pretty fun recording it and seeing the process I used. Doing so is helping me learn I think because I can review what worked and didn't all the way through.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Soldiers

Here's a page from my sketchbook I did the other day. I was trying to draw soldiers from different eras. Some of them look alright but overall it didn't really come out the way I wanted. I drew it over the period of a week or two at random times so I guess I was feeling it more on certain days.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Life

Another one from life drawing on the weekend that I forgot to post. Really like how the pose turned out, although I wish I had a bit more time for it. I think it was just a 2 or 5 minute pose.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Vietnam Grunt

Did another grunt in a sort of comic book style during this week. Spent a bit more time on this one but still pretty rough. Line work was done in Clip Studio Paint Pro and colours in Photoshop


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Life Drawing

Half an hour sketch from life drawing today. Pretty happy with how this sepia charcoal pencil I picked up is working out. Kind of fun to try something other than black. Going to life drawing is such a humbling experience. Its impressive how many amazing artists are out there. Back in the day I never would have thought I would be able to draw in front of other people like you have to do at life drawing without totally blowing it but its surprisingly easy to get caught up in it and just focus on the drawing and the model. Good times.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Evening Sketch

When I'm not doing life drawings, I find that most of the stuff I draw includes soldiers or some war type shot. Not totally sure why. I mean, that stuff looks cool to me (and millions of other artists no doubt) but I think its easier to just get a good action shot or have the picture tell a bit of a story if you use a soldier or some sort of war action shot. I've never sat down thinking "Oh, I just want to draw this happy man" or something like that. Like a lot of other artists I gravitate towards drawing powerful men and beautiful women than just average joes sitting around. Maybe its because I'm drawn towards escapism, I don't know. Anyways, did this soldier sketch/photo study tonight. Trying to have my own sort of spin on it.